The Trail Trybe camp and sports culture

Trail Trybe - Felix Burke

The purpose of sport is to encourage a healthy lifestyle and positive competitive values like goal setting, sportsmanship, determination and perseverance. The personal lessons you learn through sport are invaluable. When competitive sport crosses the threshold from personal challenge and well-being to professional and high performance, sport takes on a different purpose. Although professional and high performance sport can be mightily impressive and entertaining, it can also start to diverge from the initial values of sport and feed attitudes like selfishness, win at all costs, and a fixed mindset. These may be part of what makes professional sport dramatic and entertaining, but are they necessary? I believe that as athletes cross this threshold, they must start to take responsibility for the positive impact they have through their sport and must make a greater effort to stay true to the basic values of sport. This is part of the reason why I started Trail Trybe, a bike camp for kids in my area. The other is that I have a total blast riding with young riders and am constantly inspired by the grit and innocent joy of kids riding bikes!

Trail Trybe - Felix Burke

I started the camp in 2014 to give local kids a portal of entry to the sport of mountain biking and to inspire kids to embrace the lifestyle outdoor sport has to offer. I dedicate time and effort to the growth of the camp with the goal of creating a better experience for more kids, to help grow the sport, and to promote the beautiful area of Mont-Tremblant. I believe this camp will play part in creating a passionate new generation of athletes and promote the positive values of sport. I also hope that the young riders that go through the camp will go on to have a positive impact of their own in all disciplines of life. To ensure that the camp offers an experience that will authentically promote the benefits of sport, help kids fall in love with mountain biking, and give kids the tools to discover the area, my fellow Trail Trybe coaches and I focus on providing a personalized experience for each Trail Trybe participant. This means that whatever the background, interests or level of riding, each kid should feel like the camp is designed for him or her. This is not an easy task and it involves asking a lot of questions, empathy, and organization. Through this personalized experience, kids have a greater connection to the camp and hopefully will be inspired to share the positive values they learn in their lives outside of the camp.

Although the positive values of sport are at the core of the camp, Trail Trybe also focuses on helping the young riders master new skills that will allow them to progress in the sport. The talented coaches of Trail Trybe and I will walk the kids through the techniques needed for specific skills and the steps required to conquer certain features or trails. Each kid has their own challenge, but at Trail Trybe, each challenge is as important as the other, whether it is a big drop, climbing a big hill, or learning how to keep your feet on the pedals when going downhill!

Trail Trybe - Felix Burke

This year at the first Trail Trybe camp of 2017, 25 young riders and 4 coaches including myself had a blast on the trails surrounding Mont-Tremblant. For 3 days, we explored what the region has to offer and shared many laughs. We rode trails like ‘’La Gorge’’, ‘’La Geai Bleu’’, and the classic ‘’Envoye en bas!!’’. Each day, the groups joined each other for lunch as a big team to talk about their morning ride. To refresh themselves after some good riding, the kids would jump into the warm water of la Rivière du Diable. Trail Trybe knows some great swimming spots that the kids like to keep secret! On the final day, Tremblant kindly gave the kids the opportunity to experience the resort and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Lac Tremblant. To celebrate the end of the camp, the kids locked their bikes up at the bike shop at the base of the mountain and had lunch at the Chalet de Voyageurs. After a tasty lunch and some candy, the kids had the chance to play some mini-putt at the resort. It was funny to see one of the smallest riders of the camp take home the win! Once the mini-putt tournament was wrapped up, the kids went swimming in Lac Tremblant and Trail Trybe celebrated the end of the camp on the beach by giving away some amazing prizes donated by Bicycles Quilicot and Cybercycle. Although it can be sad to see everyone go their own way at the end of the camp, the first edition of summer 2017 was a great success! The next camp will take place on the July 24, 25 and 26. For more information, you can visit www.trailtrybe.com

I hope that Trail Trybe will one day grow into a culture that encourages riders of all ages and abilities, from kids to adults and beginners to experts, to enjoy the beautiful area of Mont-Tremblant by bike. I envision doing this by continuously improving the experience for young riders and by growing Trail Trybe from just a camp for kids to offering adult camps, single day lessons and guided rides. I would like to see the young riders at the camps graduate to take on leadership roles within Trail Trybe and share the passion they cultivated there with others. I also hope that, through the reach of the internet and social media, the Trail Trybe culture will inspire people everywhere to get out and enjoy nature while keeping the principal values of sport to heart. My resources are limited as I am trying to balance full time studies and professional sport, but I am dedicated to making Trail Trybe an inclusive community of passionate people that will have as far reaching a positive impact as it can. It will be exciting to see what the future holds for Trail Trybe and its members.

Trail Trybe - Felix Burke

Way to go Erik!

With a top five finish at Val Gardena, Italy, this past weekend, our very own Athlete Ambassador Erik Guay realised his best downhill finish of the season. Following a sixth-place finish in the downhill opener at Val d’Isère, France, this represents his 27th career top five finish in World Cup downhill. He reached the alpine podium for the first time this season only a day earlier with a bronze in men’s super-G.

We are very proud of our local hero, inspiring young Tremblant skiers to aim higher and reach for the stars. Instead of slowing down after his sixth knee surgery, Erik used this time to train hard and come back even stronger. The results he earned over the past weekend in Italy are encouraging and quite a boost for our athlete’s confidence. Erik is now back in Tremblant for some well deserved rest and family time.

Way to go Erik!

 

 

Racing the sunset with Félix Burke

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Riding the trails until the sun disappears beyond the horizon… Just one of the many ways our Athlete Ambassador Félix Burke enjoys his hometown playground of Tremblant. In the video below, follow the mountain bike champion as he plays around free-spiritedly on his bike. With his agility and ever-present smile, he makes our trails look way too easy!

Inside the mind of Félix Burke: Racing into the summer of 2016

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Article by Félix Burke for the Tremblant Blog

The setting sun gives the rushing water a golden hue as I ride the Lynx trail, one of my favourites that follows the Diable river. The amazing landscape makes it easy for me to get lost in thought and I find myself thinking about what great surprises this new season will bring and all the amazing memories that will be created over the next few months. I think about the laughs I will share with the people I care about, the hooting and yelling that I will be doing with the Trail Trybe kids and most of all, the special feeling of seeing all the hard work pay off when everything comes together at an important race. These thoughts warm my heart and give power to my lungs and legs as I start to speed up, sprinting towards these special moments that await.

Having just returned home from the West Coast where I was attending the University of Victoria, it feels great to see all the familiar sights, ride the roads and trails, and spend time with my family. Time at home is short lived though, as the racing season gets underway and I will be spending a lot of my time on the road travelling to various events. I have to learn to really appreciate these moments at home and carry them with me when I travel.

The first major event of the year will be the World Cup in Albstadt, Germany, on May 22nd, followed by the World Cup in La Bresse, France, just a week later. I will be travelling with the Cycling Canada NextGen program, a development team for the Canadian National Team that aims to get its riders to the next level. I am very proud to be part of this very exciting program, even if being involved with the program requires some sacrifices. The biggest one for me was missing the Mont-Tremblant Canada Cup, a race that I hold very close to my heart and where I made my debut on the national cycling circuit. It is a big disappointment for me to miss the chance to race on my favourite course in front of my friends and family, but I am motivated by the fact that I will instead have the chance to prove myself on the world stage at the world cups. It is an exciting challenge that I am looking forward to and I am confident the lessons I have learned from racing the Tremblant Canada Cup will help me in Europe.

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My other big goals for this summer are the World Championships in the Czech Republic, the National Championships, and the World Cup in Mont-Saint-Anne. I also plan on running my Trail Trybe bike camp and working on creating a more solid platform to help introduce people to the sport of mountain biking. To celebrate the third year and the growth of the camp, I will be offering 3 camps this year. For more information, please visit www.trailtrybe.com. I chose the name Trail Trybe because all of us at the camp are linked by the passion of the sport, which is represented by the trail. We ride together and take care of each other, connected by the fact that we are all riding the trail for the same reason, regardless of our differences. I was inspired by the nomadic tribes of Mongolia. Riding with kids helps me recognize what the sport is all about and I really enjoy it. I hope that this camp is an important step in making Tremblant an established mountain bike destination and will encourage the growth of the sport in the region.

There are a lot of exciting events to look forward to this season, but I also hope to enjoy the little things as much as the ones that stand out as important events, such as running with my dog in the morning, watching a movie with my family, or cleaning my bike in the front yard. I am really grateful for everything in my life and I plan on enjoying every part of it.

See you on the trails,

Félix

New season, new challenge for Brittany: From Alpine to Ski Cross

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Recently, our 24 year old athlete ambassador Brittany Phelan decided to make an interesting move. No she’s not giving up on her skis! She will simply be facing this new season with a new challenge! Here is our interview with the young star:

Hi Brittany, we’re really happy you could come to Tremblant and discuss your decision to switch from Alpine Skiing to Ski Cross. Can you share with us what motivated this change of discipline?

After 8 years with the National Alpine Canada team and my first Olympics under my belt, I started considering making the switch to the Ski Cross team, as it was always something I loved watching and was told I could be successful at. I grew up skiing in the park (Tremblant?) and loved hitting jumps and all aspects of skiing. Years of the same routine were starting to wear on me and I am beyond blessed to be able to continue my passion and goal of winning an Olympic medal in this new and refreshing event.

What would you say are the differences between an Alpine athlete and a Ski Cross athlete?

Alpine Racing is a solitary sport that involves skiing alone around a set course on hard snow as fast as possible. Ski Cross is a sport that involves racing down a course with three other people through jumps and berms around gates.

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You’re a team player, so I gather that’s a plus. What do you love the most about your new discipline?

No doubt it’s the refreshing change and the excitement of the sport. I love the excitement of skiing as fast as possible while hitting huge jumps and knowing exactly what place you are in.

What I’ve always loved about racing was the skiing aspect. I always wanted to be the best skier in the world so this is giving me a new perspective on a sport I grew up loving so much. I’m excited to master skiing even more through a new facet of ski racing.

With that in mind, what are your hopes and objectives for the coming year?

Well as a lot know, my ultimate goal is to be on the podium at the 2018 Pyeongyang Olympics. I believe that I can be an asset for my team on the ski cross circuit and I’m excited for new challenges and a refreshing change to my ski career. For this year, I hope to be ranked in the top 10 in the world by the end of the year on World cup circuit.

Inspiring for us all, to always keep reaching higher and looking for new defeats through refreshed experiences!

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Thanks to Brittany for taking the time to chat with us. All of Tremblant is rooting for you!

Join Brittany on her journey to the Olympics, XGames, and the World Cup by contributing to her MakeAChamp page: makeachamp.com/brittanyphelan